Tuesday, March 12, 2012 (Day 36)–Goodbye Georgia–Hello South Carolina

I left Skidaway State Park about 10:30am this morning.  It was gently raining/misting.  I drove about five miles to Wormsloe State Historic Site.  I was not really interested in the actual historic site but this is the place that has a spectacular avenue of over 400 live oaks that leads to the site.  This avenue was used in the movie “Forrest Gump”.

Unfortunately the sun refused to come out but here are a few photos..

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I then drove about 85 miles to Hunting Island State Park outside of Beaufort, SC.  My path lead me thru downtown Savannah which is a beautiful city.  While I was at a red light I noticed this on the corner..it was right across the street from where my mom and sisters and I got on the trolley for a tour of Savannah a few years ago.

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I arrived at the state park about 2:30pm.  I don’t know what South Carolina is spending their money on but it is definitely not the roads.  The roads here are the absolute worst I have been on this trip.

So this park has the craziest sites I have seen yet.  My site is so strange I could not even figure out where I was supposed to park and the electric outlet is far away.  I finally went and got a camp host and he agreed that the site is strange.  He told me I could see about a different site if one was available.  My site is in the first section next to the ocean and they did not have any more in the first section.  I looked at some of the other sites and many of them were worse than the one I have. 

So I drove up the road the wrong way and backed in.  My spare tire on the back bumper is one inch from a tree.  There is not enough room to put down my back jacks.  I tried to put my stack jacks under the back and they were too tall as well.  I finally stacked up some orange blocks and put under one side of the bumper in the back.  My electric cord just barely reached the electric box.  I have a couple of collapsible safety cones so I put one by the cord hanging out there.  I am pretty close to the bath/shower house and if someone decided to cut thru they might run into my cord.

One of the neighbors came over to see how I had made out.  He said that they had this site last year and it took him 30 minutes to get his trailer in. 

In the photos below, you will see a fence.  Beyond that fence is the dunes and the ocean.  In the second photo all the bare space is also part of my site.  The neighbor said he parked on that spot last year.  I don’t think my electric cord would have stretched from there.

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After all that I went to the beach and walked.   They have a beach erosion problem on this island.  It was nice and warm here today.  It is supposed to be cooler the next couple of days.

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About 6:30pm I drove to the other end of the island to see if I could find a good place for a sunset photo.

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Monday, March 11, 2013 (Day 35)–Moving on from Jekyll Island to Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, GA

Left Jekyll Island campground at 9:30am this morning.  Wandered along, stopping a few times, for 100 miles to my overnight stop.  I am staying at Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, GA.

Here is a sign I found amusing today…chewy ice?????

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This park is a little different…..you reserve a spot but not the actual site.  So when you arrive they give you a map showing which sites are available and you drive around and pick out one.

This campground is on the edge of Savannah.  I will not be visiting Savannah or Hilton Head Island as I was here with my Mom and sisters a few years ago. 

I am staying hitched here as I am just overnighting.  I took a couple of loads of laundry down to the laundry building.  Here is my view as I sat on a bench and read my book while waiting for my laundry….pretty nice and about 72 degrees.

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The sites here are huge.  All of them are 50 ft pull-through and each of them has a concrete tent pad.  Here are a couple of pictures to show how large the sites are….

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 (Day 34)–Exploring Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.  The island is owned by the state of Georgia.   There are about 800 full-time residents.  There are about 1000 private homes here but many of them are full time vacation rental properties.  Homeowners own their house but only lease the land on which it is built for 99 years.  Bicycling is a very big pastime here.  There are paved bicycle paths around almost the entire island, many thru groves of big oak trees dripping with spanish moss.  

There are only 15 places on the island that serve food.  That includes coffee shops and the ice cream shop.  There is one very small grocery store, one liquor store, one gas station and about a dozen small gift shops.  There are four hotels, three condo properties and the private vacation rental homes in addition to the 200 site campground.

One of the most beautiful coastal islands in
America, Jekyll Island is also one of its most
historic. The stunning island is one of the
best known in the South and has long drawn
people to the Georgia coast.

Newton Finney was the brother-in-law of
John Eugene duBignon, a descendant of
Christophe du Bignon. The two men came
up with the idea of turning Jekyll Island into a
private hunting club for wealthy northerners.
Between 1879 and 1885, DuBignon acquired
all of the land on the island while Finney
worked to build support for the club among
the nation’s wealthiest individuals.
In 1885, Jekyll Island was sold to the new
Jekyll Island Club, which included such
members as J.P. Morgan, Marshall Field and
Joseph Pulitzer. Over the years that followed,
the Jekyll Island Club became the nation’s
premier resort for the rich and famous and
was described in one publication as “the
richest, the most exclusive, the most
inaccessible club in the world.”
From 1886 until World War II, Jekyll Island
was a playground for millionaires. They built
massive “cottages” there and gathered for
meals and social events at the magnificent
clubhouse. In addition to the Morgans, Fields
and Pulitzers, the club’s membership also
included the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and
Goodyears among many others.
The most remarkable event in Jekyll Island’s
rich history, however, was its transformation
in 1947 from a playground for the rich to a
playground for all.
Changing times and World War II made the
island available for purchase and in 1947,
the State of Georgia bought it from the Jekyll
Island Club for $675,000.
Although some development has been
allowed, visitors are often amazed by the
remarkable unspoiled nature of Jekyll Island.
Miles of pristine beaches are open to the
public and paved back paths wind around
and across the island.
Hotels and beach front rentals are available,
but the carefully managed development of
the island has ended any threat of the clutter
and urbanization found on many of the
South’s coastal islands. The most famous
hotel on the island is the historic Jekyll Island
Club Hotel, located in the original buildings
of the Jekyll Island Club.
Much of the Historic District has been
restored and is now a fascinating heritage
tourism destination. Visitors can tour original
millionaire cottages, walk the grounds of
what was once the “most exclusive” club in
the world, visit the fascinating Georgia Sea
Turtle Center where injured and sick sea
turtles are nursed back to health and learn
more about the island’s picturesque and
significant history.

I spent the afternoon exploring the historic district and the rest of the island.  I took the 90 minute tram tour around the historic district that allows you access to two of the “winter cottages” of people who had more money than they could ever spend.

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Here is pictures of my site….you are very close to your neighbors…

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 (Day 33)–Goodbye Florida–Hello Georgia

I left the campground at Flagler Beach this morning about 10:30am.  It was warm and sunny.  About 15 miles north on A1A was Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  I stopped for an hour to walk thru and check it out.  A lovely “old Florida” park.  A very enjoyable morning walk.

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While I was wandering thru the park I came across a father and teenage son that were fishing.  They were catching small fish and giving them to a heron.  The heron would pick the fish up with its beak and then turn the fish around in its beak somehow until it was just right and then swallow the fish head first.

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I continued north up A1A thru St. Augustine.  I noticed the sign for the Lighthouse so I stopped for a few moments to take a few photos.

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I went over this cool bridge..

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I left Florida and crossed into Georgia.  I arrived at Jekyll Island Campground at 4:00pm.  I am spending two nights here.  One good thing about this campground……CABLE!!….88 channels!!  I will say that the sites are so very close together….no privacy…I will post some pictures tomorrow.

I did go across the road to the picnic area for sunset…it was not a very pretty sunset tonight….pretty cloudy and moody…

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